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Grotto - Houston

4.6
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1378 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Inspired by classic Southern Italian cooking, Grotto offers delicious veal, chicken, seafood and house made pastas – the signature Osso Bucco is not to be missed! The breathtaking décor features spectacular hand-blown glass chandeliers, whimsical murals and custom-made polished iron scrollwork. Wine connoisseurs will be impressed with the extensive collection of Italian and domestic selections. With our winning combination of impeccable service, superb cuisine and passion for detail, Grotto is the perfect location for Italian dining.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1378 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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vipLeachim
Houston
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. The snapper and salmon were just delicious. We sat outside in the patio & it was great.

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vipluv2eat
Houston
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dining room was extremely cold. Couldn’t enjoy meal.

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LauraS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food and service!!! Perfect for celebrations!

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vipFarahU
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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vipPizwilly
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff! Very attentive and practiced safety protocols

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was ok nothing special probably won’t be going back

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LisaF
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for Happy Hour with friends. They have a great Happy Hour menu for drinks, some appetizers and pizza. The food was delicious, esp the pizza. Our waiter, Carlos, was great. Would definitely recommend going there!!

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vipDinerDude
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good, as indicated, EXCEPT the social distancing failed. We were a table of four. Then a large round table next to us, probably designed for 10, was seated with about eight, but they just kept coming. While I did not count, my guess would be about 14 with movement around the table greeting and talking. The problem was that several were too close to us. They should have been seated elsewhere. I saw no effort to do so.

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FarazM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

One of the worst experience in an Italian restaurant. Ordered Calamari, Pizza and Pasta. Where should i start from. The calamari was extremely chewy. They charge $13 for a plate and not worth the price charged at all. The pizza was good. However, the pasta on the other side was way to al dente. The mushroom in the pasta was also undercooked and the pasta sauces was extremely bland. Didnt expect to have such a bad food experience at this place. The floor manager looked like he is in his own world. I told the server about the calamari, nodded his head and walked away as if he didnt care (surely he didnt). WOULDNT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE AT ALL !!!! That was my first and last experience.

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LeilaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! My clients who went on a date here loved the atmosphere and food.

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vipMThreeZeroto167
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as usual.

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RichardE
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a reservation and were seated right away. Our waiter was prompt and patient since we were on a date and talking more than looking at the menu. The calamari appetizer was excellent. Spaghetti Bologanese with a meatballwas ok. My date had the lasagna and she said it was excellent. My only complaint was that since we were there for a while, the waiter stopped coming by and when we requested a refill on water, it never happened. I still tipped the waiter well since we stayed for 3 hrs. Oh...and the wait staff didn't speak English well so a few requests did happen as requested.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Actually left before eating because the service was so poor. I was extremely disappointed because I went a few weeks prior for a birthday dinner & it was cool.. & actually , the service was kind of poor then but I enjoyed the food so much so i ignored it but this time I couldn’t . Didn’t feel welcomed , felt unattended to & sensed a small bit of racism . Smh

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vipAugustus
Atlanta
41 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sicilian Red Snapper was amazingly delicious! The service was superior🥁

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
44 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

On open table we asked for table not near bathroom....we were the 1st table next to the bathroom. The bread is delicious, fresh, with the oil & herbs! We had chicken francese, which was awesome, fish with tomatoes on top - asked lightly dine but it was well done & Dry except the sauce on it. Sautéed spinach, wonderful!! & salmon, perfect!
The service was flawless. & lemon sorbet AMAZING!
They need to read open table requests & follow through like the bathroom & we also asked window seat- there were several available

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viphoustondiner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Have eaten at Grotto for years and Saturday night was just not up to par. Two huge parties that kept the waitstaff too busy. It took 30 mins to get our one cocktail order delivered after we ordered them, and they came after our food was delivered. The food was hot but just not of the same quality as normal. Either an off night or the restaurant is not like it use to be. Will be quite some time before I go back.

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vipfoodcritic
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Very kind staff. Popular for birthdays.

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Sweetheart
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service food was delicious and consistently good each time I have gone here. Bellini’s are to die for. I had the pepper crusted tuna and it was wonderful

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Beth
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at The Grotto! Raphael made sure we had a great dinner!

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vipusafrenchy
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is wonderful and very attentive and they remembered me from previous visit, how nice was that. Love this place. Thank you for having such great food and breads.

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vipMThreeZeroto167
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service for my fourth meal in four days in town!

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TimK
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This really sucked. I called Grotto to set up a reservation for our 20th anniversary 2 days prior. The voice message said to place reservations online. I did, and I embarrassingly realized that my anniversary dinner was not going to happen when we arrived and they were closed. It was labor day weekend and way too late to get into a top rated restaurant. I was so embarrassed and disappointed. :o(

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Tony12
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The resturant was busy for a Sunday night and it appeared the staff was not ready for the number. Drink and food were late. Good was over cooked and not as delicious when compared to my experience at the Grottos at San Luis in Galveston. Much better experience at the Galveston location

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jorgea
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

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vipMThreeZeroto167
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service as usual.

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TrissaR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a gentleman that was so helpful and sweet to myself, husband and our kids. He was a gentleman with white hair, blue eyes at the very front when I walked in. He made our stay so amazing. Thankful for the entire staff

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vipLisaW
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal dinner, excellent service. The Grotto never disappoints!

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vipCathyB
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are outside & our server was spectacular! As always the food was great!

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SamVT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service. Missed Lamb shank from the lunch menu though.

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NoraD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were delicious and great as always. My friends had never been before, but they loved it and plan on going back.

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vipLeoV
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food, atmosphere, etc. The Grotto team is always on top of things with great attention to detail. Excellent for dinner, brunch and business lunches.

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Goraggio
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch wonderful!

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Jkalafut1
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience for my daughter’s birthday. Food and service were both excellent.

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vipItalianfooddevotee
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

We have been eating at Grotto for many years. But recently we have seen a decline in the quality of wait service and food. We had two pasta dishes, one with penne, the other with linguine. Both pastas were terribly overcooked. They were like mush. Another good restaurant gone down. Houston needs better quality, medium-priced restaurants.

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JeffW
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed the Signature Gin & Tonic, the Grotto salad, and the Rigatoni with bolognese sauce and meatballs.

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vipJillG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious and service is always great.

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vipMeme
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, everything was just the way we asked for it to be. Thank you so much!!

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Steve
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was good, so nothing but compliments for the kitchen.
Service was rushed and we had to work to control the pace.
Most disappointing is that I stated it was our 35th anniversary when making the reservation and submitted a couple of requests. They obviously paid no attention to the requests, so wish I had picked one of our other options we were considering for the celebratory night.

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CarolB
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (appetizers, soup, and entrees) and very attentive service.

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LizC
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rafael was an outstanding waiter ! Even made some excellent choices on the menu . Will come again

FAQs

Grotto - Houston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 622-3663.

Grotto - Houston is rated 4.6 stars by 1378 OpenTable diners.

Grotto - Houston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/default.asp.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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